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TJ to WordGirl
T.J. Botsford
TJ
Name T.J. Botsford
A/K/A The Homerun King (Temporary Superhero identity)
Gender Male
Age 7 (initially)
8 (current)[1]
Occupation student
Alignment Good
Homeland Fair City
Race Human
Friends Violet Heaslip (Presumably friends, at least in "Pretty Princess Premiere"), Johnson, Victor Best
Family Becky Botsford (Adopted Sister)
Sally Botsford (Mother)
Tim Botsford (Father)
Abilities Extensive knowledge of WordGirl (though he has no idea of her secret identity, save one episode where he learned and forgot), good at being an annoying little brother, great at baseball.
Voice Actor Tom Kenny

T. J. Botsford is the biological son of Tim and Sally Botsford and Becky's adoptive little brother.

Abilities

Though he for the most part appears to be a normal human, in The Good, The Bad, And The Chucky during a game of hide and seek with Becky and Violet, he exhibits the ability to camouflage perfectly into surroundings, indicating that he may possess some kind of latent mutant ability.

Appearance

He usually wears a white-ish/grey T-shirt, with red rims on his sleeves and collar, and blue pants. He has short brown hair and freckles.

Personality

According to the official WordGirl website:

TJ is Becky's 7-year-old brother and the biological son of Tim and Sally Botsford. He's super excited about everything!!! TJ idolizes WordGirl. In fact, he's the President and founding member of The Official WordGirl Fan Club. TJ thinks the fact that WordGirl flies and lifts supertankers is awesome!!! Little does he know that Word Girl is his sister, Becky.

He is WordGirl's biggest fan and is completely obsessed with her. However, when he briefly finds out that Becky is WordGirl, he wants nothing to do with her. He is also the president of the WordGirl FanClub and has most of her merchandise. TJ may also have some romantic feelings for her (like Tobey) as seen in Cherish is the Word when he brings her a heart-shaped valentine card.

TJ plays for a baseball team whose mascot is an octopus.

TJ is shown to be stubborn and somewhat mean to Becky, as most siblings are. However, he is shown to respect and look up to her. He has been described as a nuisance, as in Slumber Party Pooper, he annoyed and interrupted Becky's slumber party. TJ also a soft side, especially toward WordGirl and his favorite show Pretty Princess.

History

TJ Bostford was born to Tim and Sally sometime after they found Becky. He grew up to love and idolize WordGirl, and would always support her even if the rest of the city didn't, as shown in Down with Word Up and Two Brains Forgets. The only time he rejected her was when he found out she was Becky, though this was cancelled by Two Brains' amnesia ray.

Home Run King

TJ was very good at baseball and played for a team whose mascot was an octopus with a headband on and holding a baseball bat. TJ hit a homerun which went out of the park, accidently hitting The Amazing Rope Guy, stopping him from getting away with a bag of jewelry. The shop owner was extremely grateful and thanked TJ. Someone dubbed him the
Home run king

T.J as the Home Run King

"The Home Run King", and the whole city caught on. The next day, the newspaper announed that TJ was offically known as "The Home Run King", and TJ made himself a costume by wearing crown with pictures of hotdog knights over his baseball uniform. Later that day, T. J. was given a key to the city by The Mayor (much to Becky not liking it), and declared the city's new protector. He was also given the bat signal, which would be shone into the sky whenever there was trouble. TJ was then allowed to play video games and eat doughnuts all day, claiming that doughnuts gave him his extraordinary strength, and he had to sit by the window to watch for the bat signal (but he still had to go to school). The bat signal did appear in the sky later that day, and TJ rushed to the rescue. He found Doctor Two-Brains holding the Mayor hostage, and tried to stop him by hitting a baseball at him. Unfortunately it didn't do anything, and TJ was tied up too. Fortunately, WordGirl arrived just in time and saved the day. TJ realized that he really wasn't a superhero and decided to give up crime fighting. The Mayor then reclaimed WordGirl as the city's protector, and TJ has never become a superhero again.

Relationships

Becky

TJ and Becky have a typical sibling relationship. He often annoys her by interfering with her activities, and occasionally her superhero duties (though not to his knowledge). He thinks of her of nerdy and uncool, but doesn't hate her. In the past he's shown regret for upsetting her, such as when he broke one of her unicorn figures in Chuck's Brother. There have even been times that he's gone out of his way to help her, like asking the bus driver to wait for her when she was running late.

Sally

TJ and his mother don't seem to spend much time alone together, but they do participate in group activities such as family outings often. When they do interact, they're usually friendly. The one exception to this is The Rise of Miss Power. He disrespected Sally by disagreeing with her in a rude way and then laughing at her.

Tim

TJ and his father appear to be close. Tim often gives TJ very honest advice. He's more patient with him than anybody else, and affectionately refers to him by the nickname 'sport'. They even went on a camping trip together.

Johnson

Johnson displays an immense adoration of TJ, so much so that he often mimics him. In Best Fanclub Meeting Ever he can be seen wearing a shirt with TJ's face on it. He became extremely sad when TJ began focusing all of his attention on Chazz. Although the subject hasn't been discussed in any episodes, Liz Breen (Writer and Associate Producer of Wordgirl) has confirmed on her Tumblr that they are a romantic couple.

Chazz

TJ was enthralled by Chazz when he moved to town. He thought he was cool and tried to gain his approval by imitating him. Eventually he realized Chazz wasn't someone he should model himself after because he tried to make him misbehave for the sake of other people's approval. He no longer is interested in being his friend.

Gallery

Alone

Shots of just TJ:

Group

Assorted

Cherish is the Word

This episode clarified what Becky meant in an earlier episode by "You love Wordgirl and SHE'S a girl!"

Slumber Party Pooper

All That Chazz

References

  1. In Win a Day with WordGirl, TJ enters a contest to meet WordGirl which is restricted to people between 8 and 12 years old.

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